Tips for Getting Kids & Teens to Wear Sunscreen

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Teach the Children WellKids and teens are notorious for skipping the sunscreen. Kids are too eager to go play to take the time to put it on, while teens are always looking for the perfect tan. With the risk of skin cancer so high, this is a battle parents must take on and win to keep their children safe. Luckily, there are a few ways to help convince kids and teens to wear sunscreen regularly.

Reward System

Children, especially young kids, love being rewarded for good behavior. Offer your child extra time with their favorite hobby, a special night out, an inexpensive toy or just extra outside playtime if they'll use sunscreen before heading out the door. On vacation, you can reward them with something they really want, like riding a specific ride, spending more time in the pool or visiting a tourist attraction if they're responsible about sunscreen.

Treat your teen with a high-end sunscreen to encourage them to use it! Skip the drugstore sprays and gift them with our Ain't Misbehavin' skin clarifying & mattifying sunscreen broad spectrum spf 30 PA+++ to ease them into the daily sunscreen habit. This lightweight formula is ideal for blemish prone, oily or combination complexions, soaking up excess oils and soothing irritated skin.

Discuss The Side Effects

Start at a young age and carefully explain why sunscreen is important. Talk about the cancer risks, skin damage and even the pain associated with sunburn. Explain how a few minutes applying sunscreen could save their lives.

For teens, it's important to have pictures on hand of how tanning at a young age causes skin to age faster. Teens think tans make them look better. However, they may think twice if they think tanning will make them look 60 by the time they're 30. One look at the Internet meme, "Tan Mom", could keep them on the sunscreen path!


Many teens love getting a great tan. Instead of letting them stay out in the sun unprotected, let them use tinted lotions and self-tanners that create a safe, fake glow. Offer this tanning alternative and teens are more likely to stop tanning in the sun and use sunscreen to keep their skin safe.

Modern Alternatives

Sunscreen is usually associated with a greasy feel and potent odor. Break out of the rut, and offer them some fun alternatives. For kids, color changing options are fun and encourage kids to apply sunscreen evenly. For teens, a lightweight, scent free option (like the Ain't Misbehavin' skin clarifying & mattifying sunscreen broad spectrum spf 30 PA+++ ) ensures they can wear sunscreen without breakouts, and they may even share it with their friends!

Set a Good Example

They may not admit it, but your kids take their cues from their parents. Set a good example and let them see that you apply your sunscreen daily. We recommend Photodynamic Therapy 3-in-1 facial lotion with broad spectrum spf 30 to hydrate and protect adult skin while improving elasticity, firmness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Regardless of what it takes, enforce proper sunscreen or SPF use. From protective clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and even SPF makeup, kids and teens must stay protected. The earlier a child goes out unprotected, the higher their risk of skin damage or skin cancer. Do whatever necessary to win this important battle!

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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